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Fall TV 2014: CBS Picks Up Seven New Series

May 9, 2014

With plenty of shows being abandoned this afternoon, the broadcast networks are making room for lots of new series. Some pickups include:

CBS has picked up drama series Madam Secretary, from Homeland’s Barbara Hall, starring Tea Leoni (The Naked Truth), Tim Daly (Private Practice), and Bebe Neuwirth about the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life. They also have added Battle Creek, a drama from the folks at Breaking Bad, starring Dean Winters (Law & Order: SVU), Josh Duhamel (Las Vegas), Kal Penn (House), Janet McTeer (The White Queen) and Damon Herriman (Justified) about two detectives with very different worldviews who are teamed up and must answer the question: Are cynicism, guile and deception enough to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek, Mich., in the face of a complete lack of resources; or is the exact opposite true – it takes naïveté, trust and a boatload of resources?

Tea Leoni, Madam Secretary

Tea Leoni, Madam Secretary

The NCIS backdoor pilot, NCIS: New Orleans was picked up because just having two episodes from the franchise a week wasn’t enough. This one stars Scott Bakula and CCH Pounder. Matthew Perry keeps trying, cranking out an The Odd Couple remake. Smash‘s Katherine McPhee joins CBS in Scorpion,a drama series which follows an eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses as they form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age.

Dylan McDermott (in front of the camera) and Kevin Williamson (behind the camera) pair up Stalker, a psychological thriller that centers on a pair of detectives who handle stalking incidents for the Threat Management Unit of the LAPD. And Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne) returns to broadcast TV in The McCarthys, a comedy about a big Irish Catholic, sports-crazed Boston clan and the gay son whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family.



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